Thrive, not just survive! The Second Month

by Pam on August 30, 2014

Last month I began my Le-Vel Thrive  journey and planned to keep everyone updated on what I did–and did not–like, along with sharing my results.  Then, August happened.  You know the saying  March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb?  Apparently August decided to come in like a lion and stay like a rampaging lion!  I got sidetracked with a lot of unexpected emergencies, which kept me away from home and at the hospital with a family member.  This, along with a few other stressful events, kept me from following the program as I should.

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When my daughter was younger mornings at our house were a major struggle. “I don’t want to go to school!” she would cry. This was followed by the frustration of her not knowing what she wanted to wear, what she wanted to eat or what she wanted for lunch. I would finally have her ready and in the car, driving the short distance to school, only to notice she had pulled the bow partially out of her hair. By the time she arrived she looked as if her hair had never been combed and her clothes had not been pressed. Embarrassing! The principal, who greeted each student upon arrival in an annoyingly cheerful manner for anyone that early in the morning, would receive a loud “hmmmph.” I learned some school survival tips to make the transition easier for all of us. Here’s 5 tips that helped us all survive.


I am never, ever, getting out of bed.

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3 Reasons to Attend a Blog Conference

by Pam on August 29, 2014

“What are you doing now, Pam? Are you still teaching school?” I am asked this every time I run into an old acquaintance.  My explanation, “I have my own website,” is usually met with blank stares. Even my friends have been known to ask, “So, are you still doing that thing online?”  It can be frustrating when I try to explain I am not able to do a last minute project because I have a deadline and something needing to be written.  Because few people I know “in real life” get what I do, I’ve found going to blog conferences can be a source of encouragement and inspiration.   If you are on the fence about whether to attend a blog conference, here’s some of the top reasons to attend.

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This post is brought to you by DataRank and Kingsford Charcoal. All opinions are my own.
Grilled Potato Salad

I am a salad kind of gal as is my daughter. This is in direct contrast to the men in the family who think meat is a must at every meal.  They might not have meat at every meal, but it is certainly not from a lack of trying!  My son has been know to say, on more than one occasion, “I don’t care what we have for dinner as long as it is not a salad!”  Reaching a compromise is tricky so when I found this grilled pepper, steak and potato salad recipe I knew everyone would be happy.  By adjusting the amount of steak placed on top of the salad or reducing the amount of salad on the plate, everyone is able to get what they want.  It’s a total win-win and reduces a lot of complaining in my kitchen!  Even better, most of the ingredients are grilled.  Yes!  I’m able to send one of the guys in the family out with a plate of meat and veggies and let them do most of the work.  You can bet I never say no to having someone else cook for me!
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Teaching children to save money for things they want–like a new camera– helps them in the future.

“I want to buy a bucket,” my son informed me when he was younger. “Why do you need a bucket?” I asked. “Buying a bucket is one of the things on my bucket list, Mom,” was his logical explanation. Since then his list has changed, but he needs finances to accomplish the goals on his bucket list. We’ve came up with a financial bucket list that’s just as important for children as for adults. Here’s three of our top strategies:

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Where the Buffalo Roam: Land Between the Lakes

August 27, 2014

Surrounded by buffalo close enough for me to touch, I felt like I had entered the Wild West instead of Land Between The Lakes, an 170,000 acre national recreation area in western Kentucky.  Our day began with a driving tour of the Elk and Bison Prairie.  We had been informed the best time to visit [...]

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Cheesy Chicken & Potato Casserole Recipe #labels4edu #cbias

August 26, 2014

This #labels4edu shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #collectivebias “Awesome,” I told one of my parents, when my students gave me a gift certificate for Christmas, “I can buy some pencils, paper and crayons for the class.” She laughed for a minute, while I looked [...]

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